TELLURIDE – The 32nd Annual Telluride Mushroom Festival will focus on the use of Fungi as Medicine for the environment and for people, as its theme for the Aug. 15-18 festival.
For 32 years, the Telluride Mushroom Festival has offered a forum for intellectual exploration of the role of mushrooms on Earth, offering all things mycological, from guided mountain forays to presentations on cultivation, remediation and the cultural impact of mushrooms to delightful culinary experiences.
The Fungi as Medicine theme provides a context for understanding the complexity of mycology, in the realms of food, medicine, mycoremediation and production. "This theme will allow us to strengthen the cross-disciplinary approach for which Telluride Mushroom Festival is known, enabling people to better understand the interactions of fungi in our world," said festival Director Scott Koch. "This festival will raise awareness about the role of mushrooms in healing the environment and in treating conditions of the human body and mind."
This year’s keynote speaker is Gary Lincoff, the author, botanist, and mycologist; other speakers include Tradd Cotter, author, cultivator and mycoremediation instructor; Robert Rogers an expert on fungal medicine in indigenous cultures and the author of Fungal Pharmacy and Christopher Hobbs, herbalist, author, and fungal medicine specialist.
Special culinary events will be hosted by German Mosquera of Cinq in Austin, Tex.; Lisa Dahl of Dahl and DiLuca in Sedona, Ariz., and local Chef Blakely Stein of Lady Love Food.
Full event passes are $160 and available at shroomfest.com or by mail at Shroomfest 2013 c/o Telluride Institute, P.O. Box 1770, Telluride CO, 81435. For festival information, please go to www.shroomfest.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.